Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News
This came a day earlier than rumored.
On Tuesday, Apple announced an upgraded 15-inch MacBook Pro while also offering a cheaper 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro sports a Force Touch trackpad that allows users to use alternate levels of pressure to activate commands such as previewing links, editing file names, exposing an app’s open windows, and dropping a pin in Maps.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro also features a new type of flash storage that is 2.5 times faster than the previous model, and is improving battery life by an hour, bringing it up to 9 hours of web browsing or movie playback. The base model starts at US$1,999 with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage.
The notebook also offers a beefier discrete AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics card, for when Intel’s integrated Iris Pro graphics fall short as a build-to-order option. The AMD Radeon R9 M370X arrives with the US$2,499 model, which also features 512 GB of storage and a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor.
As for the Retina display iMac, Apple is adding a cheaper US$1,999 variant with a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, and a 1 TB hard drive. The existing model, which has a 3.5 GHz processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics, and a 1 TB fusion drive, is getting a US$200 price drop to US$2,299.
If you get your mitts on either of these new machines, please let us know what you make of them in the comments.